Playground Zero: A Novel

Playground Zero: A Novel

by Sarah Relyea
Playground Zero: A Novel

Playground Zero: A Novel

by Sarah Relyea


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It’s the season of siren songs and loosened bonds―as well as war, campaign slogans, and assassination. At the height of the Vietnam War protests, Washington lawyer Tom Rayson uproots his family for the freewheeling city of Berkeley. While Tom pursues a romance with a sexy colleague in the Marin County woods, Marian joins a peace party that’s running a Black Panther for president and meets the Berkeley revolution. But for young Alice, her parents’ liberating forays become a blind leap in a city marked by beauty and social change―and for a girl, that’s no Summer of Love.

Feeling estranged from her family, Alice embraces the moment and falls in with Jim and Valerie Dupres. Jim and Valerie have been learning the ropes on Telegraph Avenue, cadging meals at a nearby communal house and camping out in People’s Park. Soon they’re confronting National Guardsmen. As family and school fade away in a tear-gas fog, Alice feels an ambiguous freedom. Caught up in a rebellion that feels equally compelling, scary, and absurd, Alice could become a casualty—or she could defy the odds and become her own person. One thing is sure: there’s no going back. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631528880
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 06/09/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 466,492
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sarah Relyea is the award-winning author of Playground Zero, a coming-of-age novel about the 1960s, and Outsider Citizens: The Remaking of Identity in Wright, Beauvoir, and Baldwin, a work of literary criticism. Sarah grew up in Berkeley during the counterculture movement of the 1960s. She has taught at universities in New York and Taiwan. Sarah lives in Brooklyn, New York, and continues to spend time in Northern California. 
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